Deben 400 Rowing Skiff Plans

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The Deben 400 is a rowing skiff inspired by the Cornish Flashboats—they were 18’ or more in length and used around Fowey for river transport. This version is just under 13’ long and for single recreational rowing.

She has a narrow flat bottom panel and 3 side panels with a fairly narrow WL beam and slack bilges for minimum wetted surface area. Construction is simple stitch and tape and 4, 5 or 6mm ply may be used.

Deben 400 Particulars

LOA 12'9" 3.89m
Beam 3'11" 1.19m
Hull Mid Depth 1' 3 1/2" 0.39m
Draft 4 1/2" 0.11m
Approx. Dry Weight 60 lbs 27 kg
Hull Shape Narrow flat bottom plank plus 3 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm exterior or marine plywood
Guidance Use Designed for single adult but will take 2 with more seats
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

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